Truth is my public stand was taken after a very public forecast went bust… actually KABOOM! And unlike a politicians misdeeds he mentions which might harm us in small doses over time if at all, my error had an immediate impact on many lives.
Back in 1993 Charles Barkley declared, “I’m not paid to be a role model.” He’s spent the last 17 years trying to prove himself right! I’m thinking the same thing right now because Ben Davol writing in the New London Day has tried to make me a role model.
Of my on-air apology of a few weeks ago he writes, “Can you imagine if our politicians decided to be as forthright and honest as Fox? ” He then produces a laundry list of pols basically saying, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”
Truth is my public stand was taken after a very public forecast went bust… actually KABOOM! And unlike the politicians’ misdeeds he mentions which might harm us in small doses over time if at all, my error had an immediate impact on many lives. To me there was no choice but apologize.
The real shame is that apology in general is a big deal. One columnist, Charlie Walsh writing in the Connecticut Post, thought it lessened my continuing credibility. He said my right move would have been to “soldier on.” In other words make like it didn’t happen.
Charlie follows his own advice. I sent him an email about that column a week ago. He seems to be soldiering on.
We teach this act of contrition to our children and then forget it as adults. We all need to be more responsible for our actions. We all screw-up. We all need to apologize a little more.
In inviting your comments on this post I’d rather have them relate to the subject in general and not what I did. Apologies and responsibility are valid topics for discussion. Another pity party for me is more self serving than even I can take. – Geoff
Wow – two print mentions in the past week. This time Joe Amarante of the New Haven Register called to ask about our lack of winter.
I’m not sure “alarmist crap” is be a phrase I’d use again for attribution. It was inelegant and crude. Unfortunately, it’s an accurate quote. Sometimes stuff just comes out.
I think writers, like Joe and Charlie Walsh at the Connecticut Post (who quoted me last week), have a distinct advantage over TV people. We need to haul our sorry butts to the scene of the crime. Newspaper people can just pick up the phone and interview a half dozen people in the time it takes us to drive to some far off little town.
Continue reading “Another Mention In Print”
I got a call last week. It was Charlie Walsh from the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport. He, like so many others, had seen AccuWeather’s latest press release, featuring Joe Bastardi’s call for the remainder of winter, and wanted to discuss it.
I didn’t demure!
“While I’m not saying he’s wrong,” said WTNH-TV’s Geoff Fox, “call me a skeptic.”
Fox pointed to Bastardi’s prediction in October of last year that the coming winter would be “cooler than normal.”
“I think the tendency of people is to hear [Bastardi’s] predictions without considering his past accuracy,” Fox said.
Here’s the story from Saturday’s paper.
Continue reading “Quoted In The Post”
Charlie Walsh from the Connecticut Post called a while ago. He wanted my reaction to AccuWeather’s latest pronouncement:
WINTER TO COME “WITH A VENGEANCE”
Prolonged Period of Cold and Stormy Weather Appears on the Way
Quickly, I went to Google and found one of their earlier predictions.
Threat of Major Hurricane Strike Grows for Northeast
AccuWeather.com Warns That “Weather Disaster of Historic Proportions” Could Strike as Early as This Year
Sure – there’s the chance of a hurricane hitting the Northeast any year. Of course, there was none this year.
Then, in October, AccuWeather said:
Unlike the National Weather Service forecast, Bastardi does not see this winter being warmer than normal across the vast majority of the country. Overall, the AccuWeather.com Winter 2006